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World Bank says climate change significantly affecting Caribbean beaches

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 9:32 PM

The World Bank says due to rising sea levels and recurring storms, the beaches in most Caribbean countries have started to disappear.



In a new report, the Washington-based financial institution said, in some areas of St Vincent and the Grenadines, for instance, an estimated 18 to 30 meters of beach have been lost over the past nine years.



According to the World Bank, the highly vulnerable coastal strand and adjacent towns are fighting against increased flood risk from rainfall and storm surge.



The World Bank says beaches are not the only concern, as Caribbean ports are also at risk from rising sea levels.



The bank is urging that Caribbean land planning be incorporated more into social programmes to tackle people's exposure to risks.



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